Accessing Nicaragua from Canada is relatively easy. There are many airlines that service the capital city of Managua through connections in cities such as Miami, Mexico City and Houston. Upon arrival you will be met by a local Bridges staff member who will arrange your transportation to your hotel. The next morning you will leave by private bus for the 2 ½ hour ride to the Jinotega region. Along the way you will enjoy the incredible scenery plus a stop for a provided lunch.
When you arrive
What to EXPECT
After arriving in Sasle you will settle into your home for the week at the working farm and residence of Benita Garcia. There are two large rooms where you claim a bunk for the week. Males are in one area and females in another. Each room has traditional bunk beds so the early arrivals usually grab the lower bunk.
Benita’s home is equipped with electricity to power your phone but there is no cell signal or internet. Each evening there is an organized reflection including educational films about life in Nicaragua. This usually opens up some interesting conversation with the local Bridge’s employees, particularly those who are Nicaraguan. Following the reflection many people retire early after a hard day’s work or enjoy conversation, cards or other games. Some participants have brought along guitars and other instruments which helps pass the night away.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared on the premises by cooks hired to look after the volunteers. All of the meals are eaten outdoors on the verandah under a covered roof at long tables overlooking the front yard and driveway. This outdoor area also gives you an opportunity to see cows being milked or watching the chickens climb up into the trees as night time approaches. The sunsets from Benita’s verandah can be quite spectacular!
After dark many nights are very clear and the lack of light pollution in the valley gives you some fantastic opportunities to view the constellations. Also depending when you are there the fire flies light up the trees in front of the house like Christmas trees. Continue reading – Types of Trips